Called to the Bar in 2015


Level 16 Quay Central
T | 07 3360 3306
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Called to the Bar in 2015

Areas of Expertise

  • Competition & Consumer
  • Contract and General Commercial
  • Corporations
  • Employment & Industrial Relations
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Insolvency
  • Intellectual Property
  • Resources & Infrastructure
  • Transport


Whilst predominantly having a commercial and insolvency practice in the state Supreme and Federal courts, Nic accepts briefs in all areas of commercial law, transport law, intellectual property, and employment and industrial relations disputes, regardless of the jurisdiction.

Nic has particular experience in commercial disputes involving the resources sector in Queensland, particularly those involving coal. Recently, that experience has included being briefed as trial and appellate counsel for the General Purpose Liquidators of Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd (in liq) (QNI) and for the QCoal Group in a circa $100 million claim against Adani Abbot Point Terminal Pty Ltd (which was, at the time of judgment, the largest successful claim for statutory unconscionable conduct in Australia).

In addition to appearing for the liquidators in the winding up of QNI, Nic has also acted in other substantial windings up, including that of Equititrust Limited, and LM Investment Management Limited (in liq) in its capacity as Responsible Entity for the LM First Mortgage Fund, as well as in many other smaller insolvency matters.

Nic appears with and without a leader, and has conducted both trials and appeals unled.

  1. Bachelor of Economics (Qld) 2013.
  2. Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) (Qld) 2013.
  3. Master of Laws (Hons I) (Trinity Hall, Cambridge) 2017.

After finishing university, Nic commenced work as the associate to the Honourable JA Dowsett AM of the Federal Court of Australia, before working as a solicitor in the employment and industrial relations team at Herbert Smith Freehills in Brisbane. Nic commenced at the bar in 2015, and has since also read for an LLM at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, studying English Legal History, International Commercial Litigation, Law and Economics, and the Law of Restitution (with a thesis supervised by Professor Sarah Worthington DBE).

  1. Senior Reporter – Federal Court Reports & Federal Law Reports
  2. Reporter – Queensland Reports

Doyle’s Guide

  1. Leading Transport Junior Counsel – Australia: Recommended (2021)
  2. Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Junior Counsel (Queensland): Recommended (2021)
  3. Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Junior Counsel (Queensland): Recommended (2021)
  1. Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Jump Loops Pty Ltd (in liq) (No 3) [2021] FCA 528
  2. Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd (in liq) v QNI Metals Ltd & Ors [2021] QCA 138
  3. QNI Metals Pty Ltd & Ors v Parbery & Ors [2021] QSC 76
  4. Equititrust Limited (Receivers and Managers appointed) (in Liquidation) v Tucker & Ors [2020] QSC 269
  5. Adani Abbot Point Terminal Pty Limited v Lake Vermont Resources Pty Ltd & Ors [2020] QSC 260
  6. Fairfield Services Pty Ltd (in liq) v Leggett (2020) 5 QR 50
  7. Parbery & Ors v QNI Metals Pty Ltd & Ors (No 15) [2020] QSC 143
  8. Hookey v Manthey (2020) 4 QR 371
  9. Fair Work Ombudsman v Hu [2020] HCATrans 11
  10. Parbery & Ors v QNI Metals Pty Ltd & Ors (No 14) [2019] QSC 207
  11. Toodayan v Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland [2018] QCA 349
  12. Hollingsworth v Johnston [2018] QCA 351
  13. Parbery & Ors v QNI Metals Pty Ltd & Ors (No 11) [2018] QSC 249
  14. Hookey v Manthey [2018] QSC 207


Level 16 Quay Central
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For more than 20 years, Level 16 Quay Central Chambers has offered readerships to assist counsel starting at the Bar.


16 Quay Central Chambers

Level 16 Quay Central
95 North Quay
Brisbane, Qld, Australia, 4000

General Administration

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